March 9, 2019 scrollmaster

Ever since I first saw Runehammer’s video “Craft Game: Hell World!”, I’ve been wanting to try out the technique he describes in this very detailed video. However, my focus last year was first and foremost to create terrain for my games as I’ve stepped into D&D after a 20 year break with no terrain at all. But now that I have the base set of terrain, I’ve started to craft nice-to-haves such as upgrading my tiles to look better. My interest got reviewed, when I found the original video that inspired Hankerin in the first place, this video “Make Easy…

February 2, 2019 scrollmaster

Sometimes a mini comes along that is somewhere between insane and awesome. The Cupboard Mimic from Zealot Miniatures definitely falls into this category and I am currently trying to create some D&D stats for this… Well actually I don’t see this as a mimic. It seems way to aggressive and dynamic and I think it is more like a possessed cupboard. A closet demon maybe. I actually bought the cupboard itself a while back, so eventhough I tried to colour match them, they are actually a bit off but I’m quite happy with both minis so will leave them as…

January 23, 2019 scrollmaster

Last year, when I picked Dungeons & Dragons up again for the first time in 20 years, I fell back on how I used to do terrain for the battlefield for tabletop wargames. For the original dungeon tiles we used in Chapter 2 and 3 I cut a grid with a knife, painted it all with a dark grey mixed with dirt and sand and drybrushed it white. However, since then I’ve found advice on youtube such as Black Magic Craft’s video on painting stoneworks and Runehammer’s video on 2.6D Reversible Tiles System, and as I now have a decent set of terrain and terrain…

December 22, 2018 scrollmaster

So.. I actually didn’t think I would paint or build anymore this year, but I been wanting for some time to do some kind of mini display to put minis and bits of furniture on…. basically like a mini dollhouse. I then had the idea to double these Dungeons & Dollhouses up as floorboards for my Medieval Tavern from Zealot Miniatures. And over the last few days, I created these floor boards with detachable wall sections. The technique for the stoneworks comes from Black Magic Craft’s video on painting stoneworks and the inspiration for the wooden floor is from Runehammer’s video on 2.6D Reversible…

December 15, 2018 scrollmaster

Following on from my Dungeons & Dragons MEGA POST – My 2018 painted miniatures! and Dungeons & Dragons MEGA POST – The games we played in 2018! I wanted to capture all the terrain and scenery I either bought and painted or built and painted. My experience with building scenery has mainly been limited to tabletop wargames so by and large we are talking flat boards, some ruins and something elevated to put long-ranged weaponry on. So I have to say, while I do love painting miniatures (been doing it for 30+ years by now on and off), what I’ve enjoyed the most has…

December 2, 2018 scrollmaster

My players don’t like mimics. I do! And honestly, how can you not love this crazy-ass Gazebo Mimic. Amazing! One thing that bugged me about this miniature was there was no thought given to how the panel with the Mimic face could be removed and reattached. It feels like the sculpture assumes that the owner of the miniature would always have it as one or the other.

November 28, 2018 scrollmaster

I guess the easiest and most common way to use tea lights as terrain scatter, is to wrap or paint them as is so you essentially get tea light shaped objects such as the lights in use for my Posh Ball Terrain Board set. But I wanted to try something else that would hide the tea light shape a bit better. My first go was this small hill with a camp fire. The tea light is hidden in the hill itself so only the flame sticks out and gives the camp fire a glow. The second piece is a simply,…

November 28, 2018 scrollmaster

For my 2018 Christmas D&D oneshot, I needed some quick winterish terrain to go with my Ice and Snow Terrain set. Now this was all made really speedy, but I am happy with the result. Basically for rolled up snowballs I used polystyrene balls and glued a mixture of white paint, PVA and baking soda on them. Followed by a protective layer of PVA mixed with water. The trees were basically Christmas decorations glued to washers and coins and with the same mixture added to the bases. Done! Only regret was I had to use some curly cardboard for bases…

November 28, 2018 scrollmaster

I stumbled across this little amazing piece of scenery at Salute 2018 – I didn’t really know what to use it for at the time, but I am glad I bought it as it fits my upcoming D&D Christmas Oneshot… and it is now out of production. As with my Medieval Tavern, the stoneworks is using the awesome technique described in Black Magic Craft’s video on painting stoneworks

November 28, 2018 scrollmaster

When it comes to bigger terrain features and boards, I normally build them myself. It comes from a long history of being a tabletop wargamer where terrain by and large is: The board, some hills for troops with ranged weapons and some walls/ruins for everybody else to hide behind! With Dungeons & Dragons, the scenery benefit from being more nuanced and in in the course of the year I’ve enjoyed painting little terrain scatter such as tables, pillars, etc and quite a few of the bits have come from Zealot Miniatures as they make some fantastic stuff. However, Zealot also…